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TTI Phase 2 Institutional Support: REPOA

This funding will help strengthen Research on Poverty Alleviation's (REPOA) role as a credible public policy institution in Tanzania by enhancing its ability to provide high-quality, influential, and policy-relevant research.

About Research on Poverty Alleviation
REPOA is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that undertakes and facilitates research, conducts and coordinates training, and promotes the development of policy for pro-poor growth and poverty reduction in Tanzania. REPOA's main research areas include growth and poverty, gender, environment, agriculture, technology, governance, vulnerability, and social protection. It receives its funding from the Think Tank Initiative (TTI).

Sound research, policy influence
TTI is a multi-donor program dedicated to strengthening independent policy research institutions, or think tanks, in developing countries. The program aims to enhance their ability to provide sound research that informs and influences policy.

This second TTI phase (2014?2019) will fund 43 institutions. This will help them consolidate their role as credible development actors in their countries, and in some cases, regionally and internationally. For REPOA, this project will help enhance its research quality, organizational performance, and policy engagement.

Research that shapes policies
Through this support over the next 4.5 years, REPOA is expected to
-establish an effective team of in-house researchers by increasing the number of doctorate degree holders (which rose from two in 2008 to six in 2013 with TTI support)
-sharpen empirical research skills through collaborative research and exchange visit programs
-improve research quality and increase the number of research outputs
-increase policy research partnerships with external, experienced professionals
-support REPOA's external young professional grant recipients through supervision and mentorship
-balance its research program with both commissioned and core research, while expanding its revenue base
-become a learning organization by adopting a culture of continuous improvement for research programming, outreach activities, and performance
-improve administrative and research support services through training and knowledge sharing
-retain staff through financial, technical, and other incentives
-network and develop the infrastructure needed to achieve a wider national and regional reach with its research and policy influence
-attract higher profile participants and high-quality research projects to its events

Project ID
Project Status
End Date
54 months
IDRC Officer
John Okidi
Total Funding
CA$ 1,542,351.00
South of Sahara
Think Tank Initiative
Think Tank Initiative
Institution Country
Project Leader
Donald Mmari
Research on Poverty Alleviation Programme Limited



Phase 2 institutional support - Tanzania : final technical report